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NLP: how do happiness & change work?

happiness and change

How do happiness and change work?  So far far in this Global NLP Training Happiness Series we have covered:

1. How to determine your level of happiness using the life wheel, the Jedi lightsaber of a life coach, and various exercises augmented with tools taught in a quality NLP training. Covered in this article:

NLP & Testing Happiness: How Happy Are You?

2. We did the same for the scientific definition: PERMA. 

Science & NLP: The Definition of Happiness

3. And last time we covered the values elicitation taught in our Global NLP Training Master Practitioner class. 

NLP Training: Values & Happiness

This week, we need to get an even better understanding about happiness and how to become happy, by looking at where “levels” of happiness or obstacles may be. For this, you need the levels of change graphic provided with the free Global NLP Training Happiness Guidebook that accompanies this three month series, found on our website here.

NLP: how do happiness and change work?

If you want to understand how happiness and change work you need to understand below levels of NLP.

Lowest and most conscious level: Environment

This is the level that we can most easily see, hear, and feel. Answer who and what specifically? (Meta-model questions taught inside NLP training).

A little less conscious than that and a step higher: behaviors (& habits)

Those things that we habitually do on a day-to-day basis on auto-pilot.

Less conscious, and higher: abilities and skills

What are the skills and abilities you learned in school? In life? Maybe you have mastery.

Less Conscious, a step higher: values

Yes, the values you completed last time, in this article:
NLP Training: Values & Happiness

Less conscious, a step higher: Identity

Who are you specifically?

The least conscious and highest: source

These are topics like meaning and purpose, but also what you believe in that’s larger than you.

Now any changes in the bottom part of the pyramid may shift things higher up. Any changes in the top section of the pyramid will trickle down.

If you are a coach I recommend you memorize the above as it is pivotal to understand how happiness and change work. 

NLP: The Logical Levels of Happiness

Knowing this, and by completing the exercises of the previous weeks, which area seems to require the most work in terms of change required when you look at this pyramid? What is preventing you from being 100% on PERMA scores as well as your life wheel?

What goal to set?

Now that you understand how happiness and change work, we can start setting goals to improve the way we live and work.

Last time we asked the same question. What goal should you be setting? Perhaps the goal you thought of in the previous week remains the same maybe it doesn’t. What would you see, hear, and feel the moment you reach this goal?

If most changes need to be done on a source level

I recommend taking Global NLP training, or seeking out one of our more experienced former students. Another option is to start making more changes on the lower levels. The more impactful and more prominent they are, the more likely that they are going to trickle up.

If most changes need to be done on an identity level

In essence this is answered the same as the source level. What may help is taking a personality assessment or an Emotional Intelligence assessment.

If most changes need to be done on a values level

1. Pick a series of small tasks that you could do once a week to lead a life truer to your values.

2. Pick one small talk you are going to do daily to lead a life truer to your values.

3. You could consider setting a goal on this topic.

If most changes need to be done regarding the skills and capabilities level

1. Consider setting a goal that allows you to master or learn this skill that you are after.

2. Take a course.

3. Read a book.

4. Practice your (new) skill. Remember that anything involving starting to learn comes with a few speed bumps. Mastery is always achieved through failure that gives you feedback.

If on a behavior level

1. Consider setting a goal & tasks.

2. Hire one of the former students of Global NLP training or one of the trainers to do a New Behavior Generator.

If on an environmental level

Same as above.

Next week we are going to cover the topic of goal setting using NLP based goal setting (based on studies of successful people) as well as a very similar but more straightforward way of goal setting developed by scientists (developed inside a laboratory, testing a cross-section of society).

Resources: how do happiness and change work


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